Handmade Music Minneapolis 7 in limbo

May 7th, 2011 by paulsobczak

There are plans for a Handmade Music Minneapolis #7 but as there is uncertainty as to the immediate future of the space where TC Maker is currently located we have stopped short of posting details as we might have to postpone it.

The short of it is that we sub-lease and we were informed that our super-leasers are leaving putting us in quite the precarious situation; we can keep the place but we will need to assume the full rent.

We need new members to join, our rent will go up 1000 or so more dollars.

As many of you that have been coming to Handmade Music events have shown some interest in the tcmaker/Hack Factory, I would encourage you to either become a member or give a small donation.

We have a really neat matching program going on right now, if we meet 1000 dollars in donations one of our members will match it.

If you are able to give your donation can be considered for a tax deduction.

A full explination of the issue and the status of the things can be found at the main tcmaker site.

As always if you have any suggestions, or ideas email, call, us or post stuff here on the blog.

This has happened to us before and we were able to rise to the occasion, hopefully with your help we can do it again.

If you are on the tipping point of weather to join or not I would recommend watching this TED talk

Pictures from HMMM6

May 1st, 2011 by paulsobczak

Some pictures from Handmade Music Minneapolis #6

Strange Attractor Festival #23

April 12th, 2011 by paulsobczak

Jen from Handmade Music let us know about Strange Attractor 23 where she will be performing.
More info
Facebook page

Edited: Changed from 22 to 23 to reflect reality.

Hmmm 6

April 10th, 2011 by paulsobczak

Saturday, April 30 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Hack Factory

3119 east 26th street
Minneapolis, MN

John Keston

Kris Peck
Xenharmonic Instruments

Adam Loper
DIY MIDI controller MCTC student sound synthesis

Facebook Event Page


This Handmade Music Minneapolis 6 is free, byob if you would like to, bring your own inventions if you would like to show them off.

Handmade Music Minneapolis #5

March 15th, 2011 by paulsobczak


Sunday, March 27 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm @ The Hack Factory

Handmade Music is an open event series for people who make stuff that makes music, from instruments to electronics to software. Events include workshops, get-togethers, and live music, all are welcome.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis Blog | Facebook Event

Presenting at Hmmm5:

hmmm 5 canceled

February 20th, 2011 by paulsobczak

Canceled due to the snow storm. Josh is planing on still going to the hack factory to let the people know who didn’t get the message. Please let your friends who were planing on going know it is canceled.

HMMM 4 Round UP

January 31st, 2011 by paulsobczak

Handmade Music 4 was a success about 30 0r so people made their way to the event, that was pretty neat and a good time. Some new faces and some old. We had a Ustream going for a bit as it was announced on Tcmaker’s twitter feed.

A short review:

Emily gave her contact mics talk and got a lot of awesome feedback from the audience. There was some confusion as to the meaning of Piezo Wikipedia says “Piezo”, derived from the Greek piezein, which means to squeeze or press.

Andres brought his hand made recording/pitch shifting/ribbon controller/vactrol/baby head guitar thing and explained how it worked..

Hot Tony exhibited an awesome PD patch that he whipped up that turned a pendulum into a drum machine. He also went over the basics of his setup and how he put some of his synths together.

Ogre Smash Death Boom played a few songs and used the mop plus duct tape for a mic stand.

It was a great night, thanks to everybody who came out and perforated.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis is scheduled for some time in February, watch this space and or the Tcmaker blog for dates.

Below are a few pictures I took at the event.

Hmmm4 January 30

January 17th, 2011 by paulsobczak

On January 30 at 8 pm, the HackFactory be hosting a Hand Made Music night.

Special Guests include

Matte Resist from Resist Instrument Works showing some cigar Box Guitars and other cool stuff.

Ryan Olcott From Food Team. Ryan will have some crazy electronic instruments and a great performance.

So stop by and meet some old friends, make some new ones and make some stuff that makes music. Hope to see you there.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis #3

April 6th, 2010 by paulsobczak

Saturday May 1st
Free: Open to the public
Bring sonic machines

Please register for the GetLoFi Workshop so we know how many people are coming, there is no fee for registration, but please bring $10 to pay for parts. Register at Eventbrite: http://hmmm3.eventbrite.com/

Alex from Get LoFi will be doing workshop with one of his new sonic inventions, more info on that as it comes. Get Lofi if you are not familiar is one of the oldest running resources for DIY musics, with a focus on circuit bending. The site is an aggregate of all things great about the handmade scene, be sure to check out the archives if you are browsing around. Alex has been messing around with computers and sound for awhile now, I took a class from him at Bent 2007.

We will building something like this (the instrument on the left, not the light bulb thingy):

Paul from will be showing of his latest instrument a hacked bliptronic from thinkgeek. The machine now runs as a monome. What is a monome?

As always bring your sound makers and we will be sure to have a good time. This is the first time we are doing the show on Saturday we are expecting the night to go a bit longer than normal which will be good. The show starts at 5:00pm

If you are thinking about showing up for the first time, it’s free so there is really no reason not to, so stop by and say hello, share what you are doing and enjoy the music, if you are interested in showing off what you are working on be it instruments or perhaps a performance let us know we have a full PA available.


Alex will be teaching a diy course building a kit, it’s currently in development. Right now it includes a calculator keypad to change the capacitance of a 555 style synth.  The estimated cost is in the $10 dollar range.

Pat will be bringing his newly forged underwater mics.

Lots of other stuff is sure to be there.

Flier available for distribution:
HMMM3 Fliers, print ‘em out and pass ‘em around.

Soundbuilders Mini Series

April 1st, 2010 by paulsobczak

Have you ever had an idea of how to improve a musical instrument, or invent a new one altogether? And did you let that dream die? Well here is your chance to revive that potential creation of yours, and let the world truly understand your musical inventiveness. Take a moment below to describe your instrument, upload a photo, or a sketch, and submit it to the Sound Builders Contest.


and CMOS Oscillators

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